The Home Wine Program uses the following definitions for sweetness.
Dry up to 4g/l
Medium dry from 4 to 12g/l
Medium sweet from 12 to 45g/l
Sweet above 45g/l
Dessert above 80g/l
The figures for dry through to sweet are in accordance with EU regulations and that for dessert is from the US Department of Agriculture.
The body of a wine is influenced by the amount of soluble solids. The following scale was derived by studying tasting notes for several wines from a panel of judges, and comparing them with the calculated soluble solids levels.
Very light up to 1%
Light from 1 to 1.8%
Light to medium from 1.8 to 2.6%
Medium from 2.6 to 3.3%
Full from 3.3 to 4%
Very full above 4%
The tannin content of white wines is usually up to 0.05%, and rose’ wines contain around 0.08%.
Reds range from around 0.12% for lighter wines to 0.25% for the heavier ones.